Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Winter Program Highlights

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Jan. 20 to March 10

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Jan. 22 to March 12

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 7
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Buddhist Studies Course

Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Feelings
Wednesdays, January 21-March 11 (8 sessions)
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Open Houses

New people are always welcome at sangha gatherings. To​ ​provide a special welcome, open houses that include an​ ​orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These​ ​are excellent opportunities to find out more about sangha​ ​gatherings if you are curious but haven't come yet. ​​
Sunday, Jan. 11, 9:00-11:15 A.M.
Friday, Jan. 16, 9:30-11:00 A.M.


One-day sittings
Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Weekend Retreat at Ryumonji Monastery
Friday, March 20, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, March 22, 1:00 P.M.
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Special Events

The Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta): A Reading with Commentary
Presented by Michael O'Neal (by donation)
7:00-9:00 P.M. Wednesday, Jan. 14

Special Book Reading at Clouds in Water
Friday, February 6, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Joen Snyder-O'Neal, Byakuren Judith Ragir, Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher, and Hoko Jan Karnegis will read from their essays in a newly published book entitled Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change.

Introduction to Zen Meditation: One session instruction
7:00-8:00 P.M. Mondays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30 Free
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Weekly Gatherings and Meditation Schedule

Weekly Gatherings
Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

New: Meditation Schedule
Wednesday morning beginning January 7, 6:30-8:15 A.M.
Friday evenings, Jan. 23 and Feb. 20, 7:30-8:40 P.M.
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